Sir Hugh Munro

Scottish mountains over 3,000 feet are known as Munros - a name given to them in honour of Sir Hugh Munro, the Angus laird who recorded every one of these 283 summits in his 'Tables of Heights' - and climbed to the top of all but three. 

Sir Hugh was born in 1856 and was the oldest son of Sir Campbell Munro of Lindertis, an estate between Kirriemuir and Alyth, with outstanding views up to the Angus Glens

In 1889, Sir Hugh became one of the founder members of the Scottish Mountaineering Club and the editor of the club's journal asked him if he would list all the Scottish mountains over 3,000 feet - a task which particularly appealed to the meticulous side of Sir Hugh's nature. 

Only two years later, the Scottish Mountaineering Club published their 'Tables giving all the Scottish mountains exceeding 3,000 feet in height'. The fact that Sir Hugh had listed almost 300 mountains caused great excitement as, until then, it was widely believed that Scotland only had 30 or so mountains over 3,000 feet. And so began the pastime of Munro-Bagging. 

Discover walking in Angus from gentle strolls to munro bagging!